The multiple realities and consequences of concussion and brain injury will be the focus of the next edition of ParenTalks at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS).
The fourth presentation of ParenTalks --- an ongoing series of conversations involving invited guest experts and current SMCS parents --- aims to tackle the topic from a scientific research, frontline medical and real-life experience perspective, delving specifically into prevention, treatment, and management.
The parents of a current Grade 12 student at SMCS will share their personal journey – navigating the healthcare system, managing the impact on academics and school life, and coping as a family, after their son was diagnosed with a concussion in February 2019. He continues to manage the effects.
“Annually, over the past five years, about 10 per cent of our student body of over 1,000 students has experienced a concussion,” says Frank Trentadue ’84, Director of Student Affairs at St. Michael’s College School. “We reaffirm our role as stakeholders in the concussion management process, understand the importance of students, parents, external agencies, and the school in developing return to learn programmes, and want to provide parents a support network they can turn to, if needed” he says.
Featured speakers include foremost Canadian authority on concussion and brain injury, Dr. Charles Tator, OC, CM, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, who will discuss evidence-based research in this area.
Dr. Tator is also Director of the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, Emeritus Scientist with the Krembil Brain Institute, University Health Network, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. His research areas span: post-concussion syndrome, mental health disorders, and concussion policy.
The conversation will also feature Dr. Mark Broussenko ’07, MD, a regular contributor to ParenTalks. A family physician and hospitalist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Dr. Broussenko will focus on the potential side-effects of concussion and traumatic brain injury, including the range of mental health challenges that could ensue like depression and anxiety.
ParenTalks will take place on Thursday, February 6 at 6:45 p.m.
Registration is required.
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